The University Archives selectively acquires private records to support two goals:
The Archives' aim is to build a private records collection which somewhat mirrors the campus community, with donations from a variety of faculties, departments and disciplines, as well as from student and staff groups. In order for the records to be of interest to researchers and worthwhile preserving, however, they must have both breadth and depth. That is, the records should represent the full range of the individual's or group's activities over a significant period of time. The records the Archives acquires are made available to researchers, and consequently the Archives prefers to acquire records with few access restrictions and with copyright assigned to the University of Calgary at the time of donation.
In return for donating their records to the University Archives, donors may receive a tax receipt for the appraised value of the gift. The Archives arranges and pays for such appraisals to be completed by experienced appraisers once the records have been accepted into our collection and a gift agreement has been signed by the donor.
Typically, records of established academics with exemplary accomplishments are likely to be of interest to the Archives for possible donation. If you would like the Archives to consider your private records for acquisition into its private records collection, please contact Lisa Atkinson to arrange for a meeting.